Over the course of writing a book, one accumulates more debts than can be acknowledged in a few lines. A multi-authored publication such as this is an enormous team effort. Therefore our special thanks go to all the distinguished contributors – both in Namibia and beyond. Considering recent developments and thematic priorities in the field of law and policy, this third edition ofEnvironmental Law and Policy in Namibia includes – besides substantial updates and revisions – some new Chapters and Sections such as on environmental management and disaster risk management. On the other hand, in order not to go beyond the constraints with regard to the length of this publication, some reductions of text were necessary and we are satisfied to know that these remain preserved and available to the interested reader in the previous editions.
We are very grateful to those who contributed financially to this publication, namely the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). “In the service of democracy, peace and development” – this is the motto of the Germany-based Hanns Seidel Foundation; this publication reflects this maxim and the aims of the foundation and its noble mission. Our particular gratitude goes to Nicole Bogott, the Head of Country Office of the HSS in Namibia, and to Lesley-Anne van Wyk, Project Coordinator of the Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Project of the Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia for her active involvement in making the third edition of this book a reality.
This publication is also a tribute to German-Namibian development cooperation. It is in line with what the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Mr. Dirk Niebel stated during his 2010 official visit to Namibia, “Germany has ever since Namibian Independence considered the bilateral relations to be a special partnership for historical and cultural reasons, and Germany has been providing development assistance to Namibia worth over 600 million Euros (over N$6 billion) over the last two decades.”
Germany has also supported Namibia in the field of environmental matters through bilateral cooperation. As early as 1991, Germany and Namibia concluded a cultural agreement, whichinter alia incorporated cooperation in the areas of research and higher education. Environmental law and policy have also been on this agenda. Technical cooperation has been afforded by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and we thank Dr. Konrad Uebelhoer from GIZ for his continued support.
Last but not least, we would like to thank the numerous readers who provided us with valuable feedback on the first two editions of this book – for their positive response, but also for suggestions for improvements.